A classified study of the Vietnam War that was carried out by the Department of Defense. An official of the department, Daniel Ellsberg, gave copies of the study in 1971 to the New York Times and Washington Post. The Supreme Court upheld the right of the newspapers to publish the documents. In response, President Richard Nixon ordered some members of his staff, afterward called the “plumbers,” to stop such “leaks” of information. The “plumbers,” among other activities, broke into the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist, looking for damaging information on him.
Like the pentagon papers before them, the WikiLeaks documents are embarrassing, but hardly damaging to national security.
The FBI files posted online Friday make scant mention of The pentagon papers.
James Goodale defended the New York Times during the pentagon papers.
The Espionage Act was used in a futile attempt to stop The New York Times from publishing the pentagon papers.
The pentagon papers have been released 40 years after Daniel Ellsberg leaked them.
There are those who make comparisons between the pentagon papers and WikiLeaks, not least Mr. Assange himself.
The government's "conspiracy" theory centered around how Sheehan got the pentagon papers in the first place.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration risks making the same mistake Nixon made during the pentagon papers case.
In the pentagon papers case, Ellsberg had a longstanding security-cleared gig at the Rand Corporation.
“This was not a breach of the national security,” Sulzberger said, referring to his 1971 decision to release the pentagon papers.